Firefly & Dolphin Tours in Puerto Princesa

Firefly & Dolphin Tours in Puerto Princesa

Hello and kumusta (how are you), lovely GG readers?!

The online giveaway is finally here in this story. I’m sure we got you all in blazing anticipation. Thank you for following the series. And now it’s time to tell you about firefly and dolphin watching tours in Puerto Princesa. These tours are offered by MAG Palawan Tours.

Puerto Princesa View

Puerto Princesa View

Puerto Princesa is perhaps most famous for the Underground River. In 2012, The Puerto Princesa Underground River was officially dubbed as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

Puerto Princesa Port - Overlooking

Puerto Princesa Port – Overlooking

But it is not all that the city could offer. Its Firefly Watching and Dolphin Watching Tours are equally enlivening, especially if you have kids with you.

The day before our flight back to Manila, Daytripper transported us safely from El Nido to Puerto Princesa (6 hours). If you’ve read about our experience with Daytripper, you would know this was the land transport company that had looked after us well during this trip.

Puerto Princesa Accom 1

Puerto Princesa Accom 1

We arrived at a compact but charming accommodation at exactly 3 PM. MAG Palawan Tours had booked us to a 6 PM Firefly Watching Tour with buffet dinner. My eyes glistened at the thought. Three days in a row we were at sea through the day enjoying wonderful tours and delicious meals. This time the setting was complete darkness to enable us to appreciate the illuminating beetles.

Puerto Princesa Accom 2

Puerto Princesa Accom 2

A shuttle van honked at the lobby to signal our tour pickup. I just finished a rejuvenating massage by a trained local masseuse. Massage, firefly tour, lavish buffet dinner.  A girl could start to feel very pampered here! How does that sound to you readers? 😉

Puerto Princesa Ports Authority - Tours in Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa Ports Authority – Tours in Puerto Princesa

Being December the port was brimming with tourists. We took a 5-minute survey of the area while waiting on our co-passengers.

Waiting for the Boat Ride - Tours in Puerto Princesa

Waiting for the Boat Ride – Tours in Puerto Princesa

We boarded the first boat at 6 PM. The lady guide briefed us. She advised we would transfer mid-way to a second boat. The smaller boat is streamlined for the shallow calm waters flowing to the river.

Large Boat - Tours in Puerto Princesa

Large Boat – Tours in Puerto Princesa

It took us about 40 minutes including the transfer. This time we had a balanced local/foreign tourist ratio in the group.

Leaving the Dock - Tours in Puerto Princesa

Leaving the Dock – Tours in Puerto Princesa

The boat took off at twilight. The December breeze was chilly. But the waters were serene. This is in fact another facet to enjoy a Palawan tour.

After the boat transfer, we quietly traversed the narrow river surrounded by mangroves. This is firefly paradise as these insects feed on mangrove leaves.

fireflywatching-MAGPalawanTours

Tours in Puerto Princesa – Firefly photo courtesy of MAG Palawan Tours

I could not explain how mesmerising it was to see the fireflies illuminate in groups from tree to tree. Literally, what I saw was random Christmas trees in the dark. The group let out “ooohs” and “aaahs” looking everywhere in the dark to spot the lighted trees. As if the fireflies played hide and seek with us.

Mangroves and the City - Tours in Puerto Princesa

Mangroves and the City – Tours in Puerto Princesa

The boat didn’t stop longer than a second, so I had no luck with my camera. Except for this one shot of the city lights as we exited the river. It was an amazing evening tour.

MAGPalawan Tours logo

MAGPalawan Tours logo

The following video will show more about the Firefly and Dolphin Watching Tours in Puerto Princesa by MAG. Please take time to watch it as it is a great prologue to these fun tours. Warning: steamed crabs are a buffet item! I love crabs!!!

GIVEAWAY ALERT (For Philippine residents only):

MAG Palawan Tours would love to meet an avid Gourmet Getaways reader and his/her family or friends. The prize: 1 WINNER OF A PUERTO PRINCESA DOLPHIN WATCHING TOUR PACKAGE FOR 3! *See terms & conditions

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*Terms and conditions

  • Good for 3 persons to be used in a single scheduled Dolphin Watching Tour
  • Valid until December 31, 2015 (seasonal and depends on the weather)
  • Prior booking with MAG Palawan Tours required
  • Booking must be made 2 months in advance
  • Transferable but not convertible to cash

Good luck, everyone!

Gourmet Getaways’ El Nido and Puerto Princesa tours was provided for by MAG Palawan Tours. The opinions contained in this review are written without bias and in accordance with Gourmet Getaways’ disclosure policy.

MAG Palawan Tours

18 Fernandez Street, Masangcay Bldg
2nd Flr, Unit 6
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Philippines
Phone: +63 48 723 3258

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Comments

  1. Looks like such a fun trip!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  2. Dang, what a fabulous tour. I freakin heart the bajinkas outta firefly’s, so amazing. I could totes do a round of lazing about in that hammock too. Thanks for sharing this awesome experience. 🙂

  3. What a gorgeous part of the world!! The tour looks magical! I know my children would be on total awe of the underground River and the fireflies! Just beautiful!

  4. John Paul S. Tanyag :

    When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa. Looking forward for the Tour B and exploring the Cudognon Caves. It will be the first time I will be traveling in Palawan. All the best! 🙂

  5. Such fun! We have fireflies in our yard every summer, but it looks like you got a more dramatic show!

  6. Looks like an amazing tour! Great combo of being pampered and things to see.

  7. What a fun trip! I would be mesmerized too by those fireflies, sounds beautiful! 🙂

  8. What a great prize for someone planning on already travelling there!

  9. What a marvelous place!! I love the Firefly tour – how magical that must’ve been. 🙂

  10. When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa.

    my parents would enjoy this tour if ever i win. they need a much needed break for all the hardships they have done.

  11. Ma. Clarice Lao - Itumay :

    When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa and ofcourse, get awesome pictures in the Big Lagoon!

    You really review awesome places. Thank you for introducing Celadon and now, I am so excited to visit El Nido because of this review.

  12. How incredible What an amazing place and experience – thanks for sharing your photos!

  13. “When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa.”
    to have fun, relax and enjoy the place 🙂 this is just a great place to relax.

  14. Those dolphins are amazing! What a fun outing that would be.

  15. El Nido Palawan <3
    "When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa."

  16. When i visit el nido i want to visit and dothe dolphin watching tour in puerto princesa hope 2 win

  17. Thank you for your kind comments! Our goal is to share awesome experiences to everyone. Good luck!!! xx

  18. Kim Sarmiento :

    When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa together with my Mom and Dad. 🙂

  19. What a superb experience! Watching fireflies sounds so amazing. Loved the video too.

  20. Steamed crabs on a buffet sounds like my kinda place!

  21. Joan Abigail Tutor :

    When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa.
    I want to share this experience with my parents. Looking forward to win your promo. THank you

  22. Great plans! Keep joining guys!!!

  23. “When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa.”
    And Treasure the wonderful experience for the rest of my life =) One of my Bucketlist this 2015.
    Pls. Make it happen =) Thank you Godbless

  24. When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa. 🙂

  25. When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa. I haven;t been in Palawan yet. So this is exciting if I win.

  26. When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa. I am also excited to do tour b and see the Cudognon Caves ( :

  27. What a fun experience! Great photos — felt as if I was there. Terrific read — thanks.

  28. When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa with my mom because she works her ass off despite of being sick and we could really use this getaway for our mom and daughter bonding ☺️

  29. super lovely place. i wish i can visit it too

  30. Marife Rejuso :

    I do love nature tripping. Someday I want to be there too with my father and sister. Love it!

  31. Marife Rejuso :

    When we visit El Nido, we’ll surely take a selfie with those dolphins and in that beautiful landscape there! Yeah!

  32. Dariane Castillo Sureta :

    When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa as my wishlist to travel in this place after my graduation. I want to experience going to Secret Lagoon and Cudognon Caves with my family or friends. I don’t travel so far but this would be a great adventure for me. Thank you for this awesome giveaway.

  33. When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa. Please please let me win! >///<

  34. When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa.

    El Nido Tours by MAG – Big Lagoon

  35. Mary Mariel Teodoro :

    When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa

  36. Maricel Fajardo :

    When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa with my kids

  37. Kimberly Camille Tiu :

    When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa.
    Would love to try the Fresh Prawns! and go into the caves to explore

  38. Ivy Gale Bulaong :

    “When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa.”

  39. When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa. I want to see the nice limestones and blue waters.

  40. When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa. I want to experience walking in the sandbar in Snake Island

  41. Maria Aeden Cedes Trono :

    When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa. I also want to take Tours A and B, specifically Snake Island on Tour B. We are already booked to Palawan (PPS to El Nido) this April; however, due to some unwanted events we have to cancel all our reservations. 🙁 We still decided to still fly there and just see where our happy feet and limited budget will take us. 🙂

  42. Lysa Betina Gueco :

    When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa with my siblings because even though we fight a lot, I still love them up to moon the moon and back. 🙂

  43. When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa. I have been there 4 times but haven’t tried the Dolphin Watching! Now I have three kids and I’m sure they will love it!

  44. When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa and then just enjoy and appreciate everything else. Feel thankful and bless because finally im at one of my dream places in the world 🙂

  45. When I visit El Nido,I want to visit and do The Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa with my hubby and my daughter.We can have an amazing experience if I win.

  46. This is awesome!

  47. When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa. And, at the same time like to visit Cudognon Cave for Kids this is a great family bonding.

  48. This is awesome. Visited Palawan last year. I don’t mind visiting it again this year 🙂

  49. raymond crisostomo :

    “When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa.”

    I never been to this place and this is definitely in my bucket list!

  50. Angelique Fabrigas :

    When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa with my Boyfriend and Son.
    Since i first saw the beauty of Palawan from a research i did back in highschool, I always dreamt of going there. I feel that the place is very romantic, the sceneries are peaceful and very relaxing. I knew I had to go there but will enjoy it better if im with a loved one. So on our 1st yr anniversary, my Boyfriend finally made my wish come true and we traveled to the beautiful island.
    I wasn’t wrong! The place was beautiful!
    We enjoyed the food, people were nice and very accomodating, the nature was breath taking! We went to the underground river and joined the city tour. We wanted to see the dolphins but our budget is not enough. 3days went by so fast that i felt like I left a piece of my heart in Palawan. I promised myself that I will save up and go back.
    Now that my Son is 3years old, an active and very spirited young man. I would want to introduce him to this place i consider a paradise. I know i will still enjoy my stay. The dolphin watching will be the cherry on top! But, imagining the twinkle in my little boys eye when i share that moment with him is a bigger joy of the heart.

  51. When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa because I love nature and animals 🙂

  52. great site in promoting our tourist destinations

  53. Priscilla Jasareno :

    When I visit El Nido, I want to visit and do the Dolphin Watching Tour in Puerto Princesa and all the great place we can visit there. My family will surely love it

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